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Mc Manus, understandably, appeared far too grave to take the song at its word and whistle in the face of death.
"On Valentine's Day 2000 he bought naming rights to a star, formerly known as HR-3821," he said.
Written tributes came from Prime Minister John Howard, and actor Russell Crowe and his wife Danielle Spencer, and condolences from stars including Bono, Kylie Minogue, Delta Goodrem, Hugh Jackman, Olivia Newton-John, Powderfinger, Chris Isaak and Marcia Hines.
Emmett's friend Kate Cook recalled her "uncanny ability in teenage years to get drunk on non-alcoholic wine" and her tireless efforts at match-making "constantly enthusiastic for others, always wrong but never defeated".
Emmett's oncology nurse Trish Chronopoulos provided an insight into her patient's courage and determination, revealing how she had a blood transfusion on the eve of last month's ARIA awards so that she could go and watch her husband host them.
And in hospital on Melbourne Cup Day, the star of Hey Dad, Home And Away and All Saints won money on the second-placed horse, Pop Rock.